Butte Roughriders

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Butte Roughriders
Butte Roughriders logo.png
City Butte, Montana
League NorPac
Founded 2003
Home arena Butte Civic Center
Colors Green, Red, White, Black, and Gold
General manager Mike Flink
Head coach Chris Shadow
Media The Montana Standard
Franchise history
2003–2011 Butte Roughriders

The Butte Roughriders were a Tier III Junior A ice hockey team located in Butte, Montana. The team joined the Northern Pacific Hockey League's America West Division in 2003 when the league competed at the Tier III Jr. B level. In 2007 The NorPac was granted Tier III Jr. A status by USA Hockey.[1]

In November 2011, it was announced that the Roughriders had withdrawn from NorPac because they were unable to field the minimum amount of players required due to injuries and players leaving the team.[2]

The Roughriders played their home games at the Butte Civic Center.[3]


The team had a few alumni move on to collegiate hockey and higher levels of junior ice hockey, but only had one player of note: Kyle Valentine, a defenseman, who played two seasons at Oakland University (ACHA) in Michigan.


  1. ^ Sayler, Matt (2007-08-30). "Roughriders are moving up to Junior A division". Mtstandard.com. Retrieved 2010-06-28. 
  2. ^ "Butte Roughriders have withdrawn from NorPac". Retrieved August 18, 2012. 
  3. ^ Sayler, Matt (2009-01-22). "Maulers edge 'Riders". Mtstandard.com. Retrieved 2010-06-28. 

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